As India is the third biggest country in terms of internet users in the world, I thought it would be relevant to explore the difference between HTTP and HTTPS and what they mean and why as a website owner and user, it might be time for you to make the move to HTTPS.

Technically speaking, HTTP stands for HyperText Transfer Protocol and HTTPS stands for HyperText Transfer Protocol Secure.

YES ..you guessed it right .The S here stands for “SECURE”.

The main difference between http://and https:// is all about keeping you secure.

It is important to mention here that moving to HTTPS is crucial for website owner and it’s user both.

As a user,if you visit a web page or a website or you click to check out at an online merchant, look at the address in the web browser,if it is beginning with http:// that means that website is talking to your browser using unsecured language which is easily hackable. On the contrary, if its https://, then your information is safe. The website you are working with has made sure that no one can steal your information.

Since in today’s online buying era, entering your credit/debit card information on a website is a routine thing, you should be smart enough to first check whether the URL starts with https or not. If it doesn’t, you should never enter sensitive info on it. It is always advised to never enter credit card details on websites that run on HTTP.

And as a website owner, use of https:// not only makes your site trustworthy for the user but also a genuine one because the communication done through the HTTPS protocol is totally secured and encrypted. This type of communication is a must for Websites on which facility of financial transactions, payment gateways etc are given to avoid any trouble. Though this includes a cost but it is really affordable and worth it.

This piece of information,hopefully will keep you away from trouble because I strongly believe that an investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.

If you have any questions or observations to make, please do comment.